The Nashville Predators have signed Tyler Gaudet to a new one-year, two-way contract that will keep him in the organization for the 2018-19 season. The center was acquired from the Arizona Coyotes at the NHL Trade Deadline in a package that saw Trevor Murphy, PC, as well as Derek head further West.
Press Release via Nashville Predators:
Nashville, Tenn. (April 16, 2018) – Nashville Predators President of Hockey Operations/General Manager David Poile announced Monday that the club has signed forward Tyler Gaudet to a one-year, two-way deal worth $650,000 at the NHL level and $105,000 at the AHL level.
Gaudet, 25 (4/4/93), had six points (2g-4a) in 21 games with the AHL’s Milwaukee Admirals after being acquired on Feb. 26 from Arizona. He tallied a career-high 28 points (13g-15a) in 69 AHL games with Milwaukee and the Tucson Roadrunners this season, posting three multi-point efforts. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound center has a goal and three assists in 20 games at the NHL level, all of which have come with the Arizona Coyotes.
Undrafted, Gaudet played two seasons with the Ontario Hockey League’s Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds from 2012-14, recording 69 points (29g-40a) and a +25 rating in 99 games. After spending his first two professional seasons with the AHL’s Portland Pirates, he made his NHL debut on April 11, 2015, and scored his first NHL goal on Feb. 18, 2016, vs. Dallas. Gaudet has appeared in 248 games with four different AHL teams, posting 31 goals and 52 assists for 83 points.
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Gaudet produced 6 points (2 goals, 4 assists) in 21 games with the Milwaukee Admirals since arriving from the Coyotes organization. Prior to that he was already surging on a career high run with the Tucson Roadrunners having tallied 22 points (11 goals, 11 assists) in 48 games. The recently turned 25-year old had 20 games of NHL experience which came with the Coyotes in the three-seasons prior to 2017-18 where he has 4 points (1 goal, 3 assists).
As noted after the Admirals were eliminated from playoff contention for this season: there are not a lot of players due back contractually for 2018-19. This move helps retain at least a margin of the new blood that helped kickstart the Admirals in the right direction by the final month-plus of this season. It will be fascinating if any further deals come as the Admirals AHL season ended on Saturday night.
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